Placket Racket: A Selfie Series

As I skimmed the Spring 2014 Ready to Wear collections for gems, pinning like a madwoman, I marveled at at the sheer number of sheer numbers – that is, completely transparent blouses, dresses, pants, skirts – that fistfuls of designers trotted out. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a season with more model nipples. I had just finished Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart, and dystopic visions of sheer Onionskin jeans were... Read More

Shine Bright Like A…Well, You Know.

Save your aluminum foil for spring, ladies – it’s time for some high shine. The metallics that are gracing the runways of New York and London thus far this fashion season are bright and more blindingly Reflektor than Arcade Fire’s new single. Below are some strong examples from New York (other gilded beauties showed up at Anna Sui, Reem Acra, Rodarte, Sass & Bide, Assembly, Creatures of Comfort, Tocca, and many more). From left:... Read More

Stripped Down Spring

Python strips from Valentino and bubblegum loops from Christopher Kane Ready to strip down for Spring? On the SS13 runways, a fistful of designers took to their scissors to slay standard notions of dress, skirt, and blouse. At Valentino, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli killed two trendbirds with one stone, using Spring’s ubiquitous snakeskin as bold strips on an otherwise subtle, semitransparent and ultrafeminine day dress. Christopher... Read More


Ohh, Mary…that woman just keeps on bringing it! Mary Katrantzou trotted out another winner collection for Spring 2012, rife with both the extravagant bloom of nature and the rampant excesses of humans. Her most interesting pieces located the point where the two meet to perform a weirdly unsettling dance – such as the below dress, wherein tin cans swoop in to mar a florid waterscape of brightly colored tropical fish and coral. Mary Katrantzou,... Read More

Stardust and Stuff

It’s hard to miss the stunning galactic imagery that has flooded fashion the for the past few seasons. 2010’s 20th anniversary of the Hubble telescope’s journey has inspired countless designers to take a tumble through space, concocting a variety of collections splashed with the gorgeous nebulae images brought to us by Hubble. The galactic bug that bit Peter Pilotto for his F/W 2008 collection and  Risto Bimbiloski for his 2009... Read More

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